(Reuters) – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that it fined Enbridge Inc. $ 3.32 million, citing the Canadian company's failure to comply with environmental laws during the construction of its line 3 oil pipeline replacement.  "Enbridge violated the restrictive stockpile of an artesian aquifer, resulting in an unauthorized groundwater allocation during the construction of the Line 3 exchange project near the Enbridge Clearbrook Terminal," DNR said in a statement.
DNR's order also requires Enbridge to implement a restoration plan to stop the unauthorized groundwater flow within 30 days and carry out additional groundwater and site monitoring. the case to the Clearwater County Criminal Prosecution Attorney The order would be subject to further offenses under state law, DNR added.
In response, Enbridge said in a statement that it would continue to work closely with the authority to resolve the issue.
"Enbridge has been working with DNR since June to provide the necessary site information and approval of a corrective action plan, which is currently being implemented."
Enbridge is close to completing its Line 3 exchange project, which will increase the capacity of the pipeline transporting oil sands to crude oil in the Midwest.
Earlier this month, Enbridge sent a message to shippers that it expects to offer 620,000 barrels per day of pipeline capacity in October, and it is expected to reach full capacity of 760,000 bpd by the end of this year.
Environmental groups oppose the project, which has faced years of regular delays and legal challenges. Catalog